I took a break from Gears 5 two weeks before OP6 dropped, and recently hopped back in and still adjusting to the changes with the Gnasher. When I played Ranked TDM solo in OP5 I ran into a wall and couldn’t make it to Masters, topping out at Diamond 2. So if anyone out there in the US who is up for some ranked TDM, hit me up. My ping typically falls anywhere between 8-38 ms, and the reason I mentioned ping is that I’ve matched up with players in the past and if their ping is 100+, for some reason my ping triples and I lag out.
After a few days of adjusting to the changes made in OP6 I’m sitting at onyx 2 but playing solo with randoms is a see-saw game where in one match I luck up and get matched with decent players who can hold their own, and the very next match I’m matched up with what seems like Fortnite players. I assume some of it is contributed to TC’s matchmaking scheme where the system pulls in 2 ranks below or when onyx/diamond/master players are buddying up with their bronze/silver fortnite friends. By no means do I think all lower tiered players are bad, it’s just that statistically if you have 3 onyxs paired with a master against 1 onyx/1 silver/ 2 golds, the odds are against the lower tiered team with those rare exceptions where they may win.
I wish TC would reconsider changing up this system and change it up like where bronze thru gold players are grouped together and once you cross over to onyx you are only matched up with onyx-master players.